Photo credit: Faridullah khan (Pakistan)
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The inserted picture was taken during a fishery survey done by fishery extension personnel affiliated to the Fishery Department in Astore District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Pakistan).
The brown trout (Salmo trutta) was introduced in Gilgit from Europe by political officers in 1916 whereas the climatic conditions in Gilget supported the self-reproducing of the species and became well-established in these northern parts of Pakistan. This species is now found in most of the rivers and lakes of Gilgit and Ghizer districts.
Gilget- Baltistan is highly mountainous and is known by some of the world’s highest mountains. Its climate is characterized by the sharp weather variation from very hot to cold whereas the temperatures in the valleys including “Astore” as well as in some lakes (e.g. Rama Lake), are cold even in summer which may explain the establishing of brown trout (cold water fish) in this area.
It may worth noting that the brown trout is considered a major sport fishery for anglers in this region whereas trout fishing is usually listed on tourism packages.